In a recent tweet, a young app developer named Javed Khatri has revealed that he found a security flaw in Prime Minister s Narendra Modi app. Playing the role of a white hat hacker, Khatri posted on social media tagging Narendra Modi, intimating him and his team of the issue. With the app already being downloaded nearly 10 million times, the security flaw puts a large number of users at risk. Also Read - Top 5 free Android apps on Google Play store this week
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Javed Khatri (@IamJavedKhatri) December 1, 2016
The developer told FirstPost, that he had no malicious intent behind the hack and only wanted to notify about the security flaw. However, he has not yet received any response from the team behind the app regarding the same. Khatri revealed to the publication that most of the application was secure, however he spotted a minor flaw that allowed him to slip past the defenses. And that minor loopholes allowed him to get past the security measures in place.
With the Modi app demanding registration from every user, inevitably some user information would be stored on the app s servers. And if the security flaw is in fact there, this could be a threat to delicate user information. It is fairly important to note that the Narendra Modi app is managed by Narendra Modi and his team, and is not an official Government of India application. ALSO READ: Narendra Modi app, name variants dominate top trending search on App Store, Google Play
The Narendra Modi app has been quite popular lately, and it picked up its popularity especially when the Prime Minister released a demonetization survey on the app. On November 23, the top trending apps on the Indian App Store were the Narendra Modi app, with searches like namo app, narendra modi app, narendra modi, pm modi, pmo india, namo, trending on the top. For that matter, Google Play Store too was full of searches for the Narendra Modi app.
In addition to the two app stores, Google Trends also showed a spike in search for the Narendra Modi app, around that time. The interest over time of the keyword saw a sudden spike, with it shooting up to 100 percent at one point on that day.